Stephanie and Heather
My name is Heather DeAun Phillips,
I am 35, and I live in Duncan, Oklahoma. I chose to take a
direction in my life that was rocky, swerved, filled with
side roads, sharp turns and tunnels. At several points in my
life all I could see was dead end roads with no light at the
end of the tunnel. Nevertheless, I would not change my path
for anything, because it made me, who I am today. God took
the path that I had chosen and turned it into a beautiful
journey. I hope and pray that my story can benefit others.
I was addicted to methamphetamines and prescription pills
for almost twenty years. I had issues with an eating
disorder that stemmed from low self-esteem and self-worth,
and although I came from a very loving and stable home, I
began using methamphetamine as a teenager because I was
overweight, sad, and wanted to change the way I felt.
Eighteen years later, I had been a resident in eight drug
rehabilitation centers and incarcerated in the Oklahoma
Department of Corrections on two separate occasions. I had
been a victim of sexual, emotional, and physical abuse,
which sadly, comes with the territory. I also had several
serious mental health diagnoses.
I once had dreams of becoming a doctor, but when you live in
the darkness of this world, your goal in life is only to get
your next fix. The entire time I lived in this darkness, I
knew God was still there, protecting me with loving and open
arms, but I pushed Him away.
At my very worst, I considered pulling out my 9mm handgun
and having the police shoot me. I just wanted to be taken
out of this world, and get away from all the pain! I had
absolutely no idea that God had other plans. I was arrested
for a third felony and saved from myself. I was sent to a
detox and a long-term drug rehabilitation center in Oklahoma
City. This was April 2, 2013, which is my Independence Day.
I stayed nine months in a three-month program, on my own.
The Lord spoke to my heart, loud and clear and I knew that
it was time. I was physically and emotionally killing my
aging parents, who had supported me through it all, and if
anything, they deserved to see me sober. I knew I had a
purpose, and it was not to be a drug addict and end up in a
When I got out of rehab, I began attending The Recovery
Church with Pastor Dennis Hall. By the grace of God, I was
granted the opportunity to have a chance to complete
Stephens County Drug Court program, as opposed to going back
I gave my life and everything that came with it to the care
of God and I have never looked back.
This was just over a year ago, and I had no idea that I
would need a seatbelt for the next few months! I began
attending The Recovery Church and every single meeting that
was offered. The members have become my other family. I met
a woman that God has placed in my life as a spiritual guide,
named Debbie Hall, the pastor’s wife, and a minister
herself. “When the pupil is ready, the teacher appears…”
I found that the Recovery Church did not have the normal
faith-based meetings I had attended in the past. I leave the
women’s groups feeling empowered. I am beginning to truly
understand my own identity, and who I am in Christ.
I was given the honor of being placed on the Praise and
Worship team, handling the media. The pastors seem to see
more in me, than I have seen in myself.
Now I understand that I was just a warrior for Christ,
awaiting to be awakened! I have learned through the sermons
and meetings that I have to completely change the way I
think. Many of the sermons have focused on changing our
thought patterns, and renewing our mind to the mind of
It was very hard for me to find employment with my record,
but God already has an awesome training ground and plan.
Through my cousin, I met a women that originally hired me to
make sno-cones. She is also the director of an agency called
Christian Helping Hands, and today, I am the supervisor for
the Hands of Hope Housing. Many of the women that live in
our homes have the exact same issues that I have had in the
All I can do to help these women is speak from my own
experience, and allow God to use me as a vessel and a beacon
of light. I made the choice to be a drug addict for all of
those years, but I believe God is using my past to help
others with the same set of circumstances.
Today, I have been clean two years and three months. As of
yesterday, I am a sophomore in college, going to school
full-time to become a licensed counselor, and someday earn
my PHD. I was recently given the opportunity to learn how to
write grant proposals. The Recovery Church has a dream and
vision to birth a Women and Children’s Recovery home in
Oklahoma incarcerates more women than anyplace in the world.
The Recovery Church and its members understand that at some
point, the cycle of addiction, poverty and abuse must be
This refuge will empower women to find their true identity
in Christ Jesus, and motivate them to seek out their own
destiny. As the women learn to love themselves for the very
first time, they will be able to offer that love to their
children and be better mothers.
I remember a time in my life, not long ago, when I prayed
for what I have right now. My parents are truly my best
friends, and my relationship with my family has been
restored. I pray every morning that God will guide my steps,
and when I listen….. He does. I feel a peace and serenity
that surpasses any chemical I ever used. I want to share
that feeling with others who suffer with addiction, and let
them know that Jesus Christ can fill that big, huge, hole in
their heart with a love and peace that surpasses all
understanding. Drugs can never fill that hole in our hearts,
because God placed it there! He wants us to fill it with His
ultimate love for us………. Jesus Christ in us!
It is truly a miracle that I am clean and sober, a miracle
that only God could have performed. Today, God has taken my
brokenness and put the pieces back together more beautiful
than ever, and I know that he is using my life. I am proud
to be a New Creation in Christ!
Stephanie and Heather
My name is Stephanie Weir, I
am 31 years old and live in Duncan Oklahoma. My story starts
with a beginning that is far too common. Many women in the
world today find themselves in the same dark places I have
I had a chain of toxic relationships that started right
after graduating from High School. Drug use and abuse of
every kind flowed freely….. like it was how things were
supposed to be. I married into one of these relationships
where I was introduced to meth….. And that is where things
begin to spiral quickly downhill.
I ended up losing everything including my kids, vehicles,
possessions and my marriage in a very short period of time.
I was living a lie from Satan. I thought I wasn’t good
enough and I wasn’t worthy of anything, and the biggest lie
of all, was that I
I was at my rock bottom and didn’t care. My actions led me
straight to jail!
Now ironically this was the best thing that happened to me.
While I was there, I met Chaplain Debbie Hall with The
Recovery Church. She planted a seed in my heart with the
love of Jesus and the Words of Life flowed through her. I
had attended church when I was younger, but I had never been
taught that I could have my own personal relationship with
God through Jesus Christ.
I was accepted into the Stephens County Drug Court program
and started to attend meetings at The Recovery Church where
Dennis and Debbie Hall began to water that seed planted in
I was empowered through our woman’s group, taught how to
love myself, and also how to forgive myself for my past
actions and choices. I learned that in order to give love to
others, I first had to receive God’s love for myself.
The Recovery Church has a Sunday night study on the Promises
of God and how to receive God’s promises into our lives.
Through these promises of God to me, I was finally able to
let go and surrender myself to God’s will for my life. I
truly begin to see and trust in God’s plan for me.
My life is being restored more every day! I have three
children and I have them all back with me! I am learning how
to raise my children to be great sons and daughters of God!
By doing things God’s way, I have restored broken
relationships with my family. The Recovery Church has even
provided my children and I a home to live in.
The main thing I have learned here is……..We are all
recovering from something in life, whether it be drugs,
alcohol, relationships, co-dependency…..or our own stinking
But here is the thing….. Now I know in my heart and soul
that all things work together for the good of those that
love God, and are called according to HIS PURPOSE!
The road to recovery isn’t an easy one, but even the biggest
and most beautiful butterfly had to struggle to break out of
We can do ALL THINGS through Christ who strengthens us. So
today, I am confident that I will be able to help others
that have struggled as I have. I have dedicated my life to
bring the light of Jesus to others and be there for them
when they need to be told that ……”Yes, They are
good enough, they are worthy, and God loves them no matter
For more information
concerning the Recovery Church ministry and its mission,
contact Debbie Hall, 3023 N HWY 81, Duncan, OK 73533, phone
580-254-1701, or firstname.lastname@example.org or
Heather Phillips, phone 580-467-1496 or email email@example.com